Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush’s Incredible Journey

Book Summary: 

This is the true story of a refugee family that needed to leave their home in Iraq due to the country’s violence. Even though they could only take one bag of belongings each, were smuggled in cars, hiked through mountains and forests, hid in apartments in a village, and spent three hours on choppy water, they were determined to take their beloved cat, Kunkush with them. Long before they arrived at their destination in Norway, Kunkush ran away. The heart-broken family had to leave him behind. Through the efforts of many volunteers, Kunkush was eventually reunited with his family where he lived out his days.

Year: 
2017
Author: 
Doug Kuntz and Amy Shrodes
Illustrator: 
Sue Cornelison
Publisher: 
Crown Books for Young Readers
Guiding Question: 

Although this story is about a cat who was lost from and later reunited with his family, the family in the story represents a larger population of refugees or people who need to leave their home because it’s unsafe for them to stay. The publisher of this book donates a portion of the sales to Doctors Without Borders. Read more about this organization at this link: https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/who-we-are.

Howard’s Format from You Can’t Teach What You Don’t Know (73-85): 

Honesty- If you had to leave your life behind to start again in a new country, what would you take with you that would fit in a backpack?

Empathy- Learn more about refugees on various websites that have current information. How would you feel if you had to leave your life behind and start a new life far from your original home?

Advocacy- Learn about things you can do to help on the Doctors Without Borders website, or another website.

Action- What makes people want to donate money to help people they’ve never met? Would you like to help refugee families? Depending on where you live, the best way to help some refugee families is to raise money and donate it directly to people who are able to help refugees.